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Local Officials Demand Gov. Snyder End Aramark Prison Contract, Hold Company Accountable for Banned Employees

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July 31, 2014
Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org
Local Officials Demand Gov. Snyder End Aramark Prison Contract, Hold Company Accountable for Banned Employees
County commissioners express concern over privatization given high-profile failure of prison contract

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20th Century Infrastructure, 21st Century Breakdown

Progress Michigan intern Tiffany Silgas blogs today about the recent water main break in Los Angeles and the need for increased spending on our infrastructure.
When I resided at the UCLA student-housing co-op, I had an ideal student life. I always had a hot meal and rent was cheap. I worked four-hours a week to supplement the cost-of-living. I would always have a new roommate every quarter, sometimes even a completely different room. My days were fairly routine at the UCLA co-op.

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When the going gets tough

…emergency managers run for the hills.
Or at least that’s what Kevyn Orr, Detroit’s unelected emergency manager, did yesterday when he returned control of the city’s Water and Sewage Department to Mayor Mike Duggan.

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I’m One of the Faces of Welfare…and I’m Not Ashamed

When I was a child my parents used food stamps to help feed me and I’m not ashamed. I’m not ashamed because it wasn’t my fault. I’m not ashamed because it wasn’t my parents’ fault. More importantly, I’m not ashamed because no one should be ashamed that at some point in their life they had to rely on the help of others to get by.

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MHPN Intervention Loan Program

This is a guest post written by Nancy Finegood with the MHPN

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Deadlines, Democracy and Other Inconveniences

Deadlines are supposed to mean something. That’s what I learned when I was a reporter (although I, admittedly, wasn’t always the best at hitting them). But somehow, deadlines didn’t seem to apply last Thursday at the Board of Canvassers meeting where they were considering putting a $10.10 minimum wage question — courtesy of Raise Michigan — on the ballot.

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This Week in Progress

Another week, another example of people in power rigging the system.
This Week in PM Blogging:
The Right Tweets
The online trolls were out in force during Netroots Nation and my Twitter activity was unknowingly feeding into their zeal. The thing I never expected was the blatant hate and racism being thrown at Detroit and Detroiters.

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Not Just Another Conference

I attended my first Netroots Nation in Detroit last week and it exceeded all of my expectations.
I learned about what it means to be a progressive from some of the best and brightest advocates in the country. But don’t worry, this blog won’t just be me gushing about all the great people I met and new friends I made – it’s even bigger than that.
It’s easy to get caught up in our own day-to-day lives, in the bubble that is state politics and niche issue areas. We are the stars of our own movies after all.

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Law for Liberation | A Summer of Civil Liberties

 
Jonathan Moore, ACLU of Michigan Communications Intern

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When most people hear words like “litigation” or “injunction”, the images these words conjure are often far from revolutionary or liberating.

Case numbers are called, people rise and sit, gavels bang, a symphony of patience, protocol and paper shuffling only understood by a select few.

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Clean Water Action: Office Manager/ Communications Coordinator

CLEAN WATER ACTION AND CLEAN WATER FUND
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT
Position:  Office Manager/ Communications Coordinator        Posting Date:  July 21, 2014
Location:  Lansing, MI                                                Closing Date:  Until filled

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